EXCLUSIVE: State senator wants to increase organ donations in New York

New York Daily News | Kenneth Lovett

BRYAN PACE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS State Sen. Jose Peralta wants to make it easier for New Yorkers to sign up to donate organs.

ALBANY — A Queens state senator wants to increase organ donations in New York by adding a line on a host of state forms that would allow people to sign up.

Sen. Jose Peralta on Tuesday will announce a bill that would require a range of applications, including for public colleges, professional licenses, state-funded health insurance programs, and state income tax returns, to include a registration line for the "donate life registry" for organ, eye, and tissue donations.

Currently, it is limited mainly to driver license and voter registration forms.

New York ranks 49th in the nation for residents who register to be organ donors. Peralta said that just 24% of eligible New York residents are registered to donate their organs, compared to a national average of 54%.

"This is completely unacceptable," said Peralta, who added he personally added his name to the registry last week. Continue reading